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...François de La Mothe Le Vayer was born in Paris on 1 August 1588 and died there on 9 May 1672. His family was from Le Mans and distinguished itself in magistracy. He received a polished education and confessed to having been a gallant...
...François Bonneau was born in or near Bordeaux on 25 April 1621 and died in Bordeaux on 20 August 1675. He belonged to Saint-Émilion Ambarès a landed family from the Saint-Émilionnais region, the estates of which had been divided between two...
...Johann Joachim Müller was the son of the Hamburg theologian Hieronymus Müller, pastor of St Nicolai, and grandson of Johannes Müller, a well-known Lutheran apologist and polemicist, pastor of St Petri. Müller attended the Akademisches...
...Jakob Friedrich Reimmann was born in Groningen (near Halberstadt) in 1668, the son of the headmaster of the local school, and died in Hildesheim in 1743. He began his studies of philosophy and theology in Jena in 1688, but after one...
...Desmaizeaux, Pierre Pierre Desmaizeaux (or Des Maizeaux) was born in France and died on 11 July 1745. He was the son of a Protestant minister whose family took refuge in Switzerland when the Edict of Nantes was revoked. He studied...
...Son of the great historian of heresy Isaac de Beausobre, Louis Isaac de Beausobre, Louis Isaac de Beausobre entered the Prussian Academy in 1755. His first book, Dissertations philosophiques (1753) counselled a middle way, rejecting...
...Richard H. Popkin was born on 27 December 1923 in Bronx, New York. Both parents were emancipated Jews who were born in the United States of immigrant parents from a village near Vilna, Lithuania. Popkin attended high school during 1937–40...
...Dodwell, Henry, the younger Eldest son of the nonjuror Henry Dodwell the elder, Henry junior was born at Shottesbrooke, Berkshire. He attended Magdalen College, Oxford. Receiving his BA in 1726, he then studied law in the Temple....

Ibn Al-Rawandi (d. c. 910)

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...ibn al-Rawandi Very little is known definitively about Ibn al-Rawandi; even his name is a matter of dispute. He was presumably born in Rawand, near Isfahan, and seems to have spent most of his life in Baghdad. In his earlier years there he...
...It seems that everything began with a blasphemy attributed by Pope Gregory IX to the Emperor Frederick II, King of Sicily, with whom he was in conflict. Frederick is said to have declared publicly that there were three great impostors who...